Friday, January 21, 2011


candice wiggensTHE OTHER CITY 

Reception and Lab tours begin @ 5:30PM
Screening @ 6PM


1100 Fairview Avenue

.The Langston Hughes African American Film Festival TM is pleased to join the HIV Vaccine Trials Unit of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in presenting a  free public screening of the new documentary, THE OTHER CITY, directed by Susan Koch and produced by BET founder Sheila C. Johnson. In every city, there’s another city that visitors rarely see. But this other city isn’t just anywhere—it’s in Washington, D.C. The very city that is home to the capitol of the most powerful country in the world has an HIV/AIDS rate that is not only the nation’s highest, but rivals some African countries.

Candice Wiggins, a guard for the WNBA’s Minnesota Lynx and former All American basketball player for Stanford University, will provide opening remarks. Wiggins lost her father, former Major League Baseball player Alan Wiggins, to AIDS when she was 4 years old and today is outspoken about HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention.
 The screening will take place the evening of Wednesday, Feb. 2 in honor of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day later in the month. It will be preceded by a reception, lab tours and opening remarks by Wiggins and will be followed by a community discussion. The event takes place at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Pelton Auditorium (Thomas Clinical Research Building), 1100 Fairview Ave. N., downtown Seattle. Seating is limited. For free tickets, information about transportation and directions, please contact James at  206-667-1979 or
The screening of this 90-minute documentary is sponsored by the HIV Vaccine Trials Unit of Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in collaboration with the Langston Hughes African American Film Festival ™.
 Schedule of events:
·         Reception and lab tours from 5:30 to 6 p.m.
·         Opening remarks at 6 p.m.
·         Screening of “The Other City” from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
·         Community discussion from 8 to 9 p.m.

Please visit the LHAAFF website for more information: 

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Survival of the Fittest

Surviving Chadwick by debut author Phillip Wilhite is a reminder of sacrifices worth making. Too young to understand the bondage of Jim Crow, young Isaiah Issacson does not agree with his parent’s decision for him to enroll into Chadwick, an elite boarding school.

This work, although familiar in many ways, gives the reader something new through Isaiah’s narrative voice. With strong prose the author invites the reader inside the mind of the searching teen as he struggles with the mindsets of classmates, instructors and the real and imagined drama that comes with being fifteen. Added to his state of dissatisfaction are his lingering thoughts of Jenaye Gardner. Fifteen years later a request for him to attend a Chadwick reunion includes a note from Jenaye.  At this pivotal point in his life he reflects upon those bittersweet times, that whether he admits it or not, helped to shape who he has become.

This is a period piece that reaches beyond its past tense era to become a relevant conversation for today.

Learn more about the author and his works at:

Monday, January 17, 2011

Lest We Forget

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These prophetic words, uttered the day before his assassination, challenged those he left behind to see that his "promised land" of racial equality became a reality; a reality to which King devoted the last twelve years of his life.

These words and other are commemorated here in the only major one-volume collection of this seminal twentieth-century American prophet's writings, speeches, interviews, and autobiographical reflections. A Testament of Hope contains Martin Luther King, Jr.'s essential thoughts on nonviolence, social policy, integration, black nationalism, the ethics of love and hope, and more.